The Royal Danish Library

Transforming a strategic vision and visual identity into flexible and applicable digital design

In January of 2017, Denmarks two largest national libraries merged into one: The Danish Royal Library. We redesign and help develop a new website for the young organisation. The work included a digital identity, design system, and a new way of working with digital services.

For centuries The Royal Danish Library has received copies of everything printed and published in Denmark. Besides storing these materials, their task is to make this cultural heritage of books, maps, sheet music, manuscripts, photographs, and much more, accessible to all citizens of Denmark.

The purpose of the new website is to give users easy access to the different collections as well as the libraries many digital service offerings. Furthermore, it is important to merge the former two national libraries into one strong organisation under one roof, both visually but also when it comes to services offered by it.

The new digital design builds on The Royal Danish Library's visual identity, which provides a common context for the many different sources of content and services.

The new website was designed based on the users' needs and provide a design framework for the continuous development of an intuitive and flexible website where content can be added in the coming years.

Modular design

The needs of the library are ever changing; it was therefore, important to design with a high level of flexibility and modularity. This places demands on the visual flexibility in itself but also on a grid that can handle modules and elements that can be selected or deselected

Efficient and inspiring

It was important that the design and architecture of the website supported both efficient navigation for users with a specific purpose as well as nudging for further exploration of the cultural heritage by crosslinking to related content and promoting interesting collections.

Maintenance friendly

Ultimately, the site needed to be realistic and maintenance-friendly, which is why the organization's resources were taken into account when defining the concept.

The design process

The design process was a close collaboration with client stakeholders and our deliveries included:

• Facilitating work meetings with core team scoping and prioritising goals throughout the project
• Co-creating personas and user journeys to form a basis for concept and design
• Testing the concept and design with users
• Creating a digital design guide based on the visual identity
• Developing a modular design system